Serb truck leaves Kosovo roadblock, easing tension

STORY: Serbs in northern Kosovo, who have been erecting roadblocks since December 10 in protest at the arrest of a former Serb police officer - the latest in a long series of flashpoints - agreed to start taking them down after he was moved to house arrest on Wednesday (December 28).

Many of the roadblocks still appeared to be in place on Thursday afternoon and officials said the process to remove them might take some time.

Both the European Union and the United States have been pressing Kosovo and Serbia to step back from a mounting confrontation that has seen Serbia put its army on the highest combat alert.

Kosovo has long been a source of tension between the West, which backed its independence, and Russia, which supports Serbia in its efforts to block Kosovo's membership of global organizations including the United Nations.